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Lead Investigator - Anti-Corruption Unit - January 2023

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

As a Lead Investigator, you will be welcomed into a dynamic and inclusive Investigations team working within the Anti-Corruption Unit.

The IOPC is on a journey to develop its culture, perspectives and ethos to support the organisation’s core outcomes and this is your opportunity to enter into the varied world of IOPC Investigations, allowing you to develop your mindset and approaches to contribute to improving the police complaints system in England and Wales.

The IOPC exists to investigate complaints fairly and thoroughly. The IOPC has the power to initiate, carry out and oversee investigations. It is also responsible for monitoring the way complaints are handled by local police forces.

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) is responsible for receiving covert referrals from forces across England and Wales and making appropriate mode of investigation decisions. For those investigations determined as directed, supervised or managed the ACU will continue to oversee these. As part of the Directorate of Major Investigations (DMI), the post holder will be part of a small team of Lead Investigators within the ACU. You will support the development of the ACU in its purpose and growth as it adapts to meet the challenges of new legislation whilst engaging with internal and external stakeholders.

As a Lead Investigator you will join a dynamic investigations team working nationally and reporting directly to an Operations Team Leader. You will be responsible for delivering high quality investigations in a period of significant change for the IOPC.

Security Level: Security Check (SC Clearance)

Selection process

This vacancy is using Success Profiles. As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete four sift stage questions around Behaviours, Experience and IOPC Values. The Behaviour being assessed is:

• Making Effective Decisions

Behaviours being assessed at interview will be revealed to those who are successfully shortlisted. If successful at application stage, you will be invited to attend an interview where you will also be required to complete the following:

• Written Assessment

Please note that your application for this role will purely be assessed against the answers you provide to the 4 questions. Other information provided at application stage, such as work history, will not be considered as part of the marking criteria. We ask that you ensure you provide sufficient details to demonstrate your suitability for the role within each response you provide to the 4 questions.

Should your application be successful and you are invited to interview, the interviewers similarly will not have sight of the information you provide at the application stage. This further demonstrates the importance of providing an extensive insight of your knowledge, skills and experience during your interview to help you meet the success profiles you will be measured against

Anticipated assessment and interview dates are approximately week commencing 27/02/2023.

We reserve the right to close this advert early if a high number of applications is received.*

Main Responsibility

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

• Delivery of high quality and robust covert investigations whilst demonstrating our core values into every aspect of the role.

• Driven to developing yourself to achieve personal and organisational objectives

• Demonstrating independence and discretion in order to meet and overcome challenges encountered within covert investigations.

• Liaise with external stakeholders engaged with the investigation of corruption in accordance with agreed IOPC guidelines.

• Develop the capability to direct covert corruption investigations or alternative MOI in corruption matters under investigation.

• Work with stakeholders to ensure Terms of Reference and investigative strategies are proportionate and necessary to the allegations under investigation.

• Ensure that information provided to the IOPC is stored and managed in line with IOPC Policy and Security Standards.

• Reporting to your Operations Team Leader on investigation progress, areas of risk and resourcing requirements.

• Being prepared to work unsociable and extended hours.

• Visiting incident scenes and supervising scene management where required to ensure that all necessary action is taken to preserve and recover evidence.

• Attend post mortems as and when required.

• Write investigation reports where appropriate to ensure information management supports organisational requirements.

• Communicating effectively with external stakeholders including the Crown Prosecution Service, and being prepared to give evidence in court when required.

• Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to support the development of strategic and tactical intelligence ensuring correct dissemination when necessary.

• Maintain Policy Files which provide the rationale for decisions made.

• Taking responsibility for personal development and maintaining confidentiality commensurate with the role.

The Ideal Candidate

Person specification


• Qualification or Accreditation and/or experience in Covert Law Enforcement

• Full driving licence valid for driving in the UK


• Covert Authorities Trained/Accredited Skills and Abilities

• Ability to show initiative and adapt in a changing covert environment.

• Capability to recognise the developmental needs of yourself and be proactive in addressing them.

• Ability to prioritise and manage tasks effectively to deliver quality outcomes within demanding timescales.

• Adopts a collaborative mindset with the ability to work effectively in a team with diverse ideas and people.

• Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and adapt communication styles as appropriate.

• Analytical mindset to analyse complex information, identify the key issues and make effective decisions.

• Demonstrates the confidence and ability to cope with challenging situations.

• Ability to identify and respond to the diverse needs of individual and stakeholder groups.


Reasonable Adjustments

The IOPC is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. We are open to providing you with the tools you need to succeed, from extra time to formatting changes, to name a mere few. If you require any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process, please email

Package Description

  • 27.5 days paid annual leave (increasing with service to 32.5 days)
  • Options to carry over, buy or sell annual leave
  • Civil Service pension
  • PAM employee assistance programme
  • Access to Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) membership
  • Staff networks focused on each of the protected characteristics – run for staff, by staff
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity behaviours

Additional Information:

The IOPC is not eligible to participate in the Civil Service transfer process, therefore successful candidates will not be able to transfer to the IOPC on their existing terms and conditions.

The IOPC does not participate in the UK Visa Sponsorship Scheme therefore, candidates will have to provide evidence of their Right to Work in the UK if offered a role with us.

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, therefore a standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out for the successful candidate during the pre-employment process.

Any move to the Independent Office for Police Conduct from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may, however, be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

About the Company

As a completely independent organisation, the IOPC seeks to uphold the rights of the public and investigate the most serious matters, including deaths following police contact, to promote learning and influence change in policing. The IOPC is an organisation steeped in history, influenced by significant figures such as Stephen Lawrence and Sir William Macpherson. We are looking for people to uphold our core values, and in return we will give you a supportive and inclusive work environment to flourish in.


Be yourself

The IOPC is committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity in everything we do. Our vision is to be, and to be seen as, a leader in inclusive employment and services, demonstrating this ethos in everything that we do.

  • As a silver standard Stonewall employer, we continue to commit to being a LGBTQ+ employer through the work of our Pride LGBTQ+ Staff Network, creating welcoming environments for lesbian, gay, bi and queer people.
  • We are pleased to share that we are a signatory of the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter. The Charter is composed of five calls to action for leaders and organisations across all sectors. 
  • Being a Disability Confident employer, the IOPC is dedicated to removing the barriers for disabled people to thrive in the workplace.
  • Our Staff Networks are constantly working to make the IOPC the leaders of inclusive employment, from our Allyship Programme to Operation Hotton, to Welsh Language Standards and our Know the Line Policy, we are constantly seeking new ways to create an environment for all to develop and thrive.

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